Around 7 a.m. Friday morning, South River football quarterback Connor Cox could barely contain his excitement.
Before he got well into his school day, Cox Tweeted in all caps, “TODAY IS THE DAY! GAMEDAY!!”
When asked via Twitter if he and his team were nervous, anxious or just excited, he Tweeted, “We feel a little bit of everything, we just want it to be 7!”
As the 7 p.m. kickoff time approached throughout the day, Cox and other South River football players received digital messages of encouragement and inspiration from classmates, friends and fellow athletes throughout the county. Additionally, Cox told Patch on Twitter that he and his teammates have been receiving “good lucks” left and right as they walk down South River hallways.
In what some would call an upset, the Seahawks defeated the highly-touted Old Mill Patriots last Friday in dramatic fashion as Cox scored the game-winning 2-point conversion with just seconds left in the game. The victory earned South River a spot in the state playoffs, but it’ll force them once again to face Old Mill on the road in Millersville.
Old Mill won the state championship last year over Quince Orchard—I covered the game shooting video highlights—and I still consider it one of the greater sporting events I’ve ever been to. Here’s the video.
However, if the Patriots want to retain their title, they’ll have to go through a battle-tested team led by star running back Lavon Chaney and Cox under center. The Seahawks have only lost two games all season, falling to Broadneck and Arundel, but they haven’t lost since, riding a six-game streak of consecutive victories.
Having played one another last week, I’m expecting fewer points to be scored. And since they're away from home, I expect it to be a very close game for South River. I’m going with a 24-22 Seahawks victory.
Thousands are expected to attend the big game Friday night, so I wants to know, what is your prediction?
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